MOVIE TRIVIA – PT5

May 6, 2018 Alan Royle 2

   Lee Marvin (L), John Wayne (C) & James Stewart When we watch the John Ford 1962 western The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, there is a certain irony in the casting. Jimmy Stewart was a genuine World War Two USAAF hero, yet he plays a bookish weakling opposed to […]

HENRY FONDA – (1905-82)

April 22, 2018 Alan Royle 0

                                            On-screen Henry Fonda came across as a man of integrity, common sense, gentleness and affability. Off-screen he was a private man, cold to his family, aloof, frequently angry […]

FIFTIES MOVIE TRIVIA – PT3.

March 17, 2018 Alan Royle 3

In the 1955 Hitchcock picture To Catch a Thief, there is a scene in which John Robie (Cary Grant) is discussing the cook’s ‘sensitive hands’ with an insurance agent and casually mentions that those hands once strangled a German general without a sound. For German audiences, however, the words were […]

Forties Movie Trivia – PT5.

February 25, 2018 Alan Royle 4

Richard Jaeckel was a terrific character actor who racked up a total of 190 screen credits in his 51-year career. In 1943 he was a 17 year-old messenger boy at 20th Century Fox when he was cast as a US Marine private in his first picture Guadalcanal Diary. If you […]

Forties Movie Trivia – PT1

February 17, 2018 Alan Royle 2

It is generally conceded that Orson Welles’ 1941 classic Citizen Kane is loosely based on the career of newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst. What is not so generally known is that a sub-plot in which Susan Kane has an extra-marital affair was deleted late in the day by Welles himself. […]

More Thirties Movie Trivia – PT2.

February 5, 2018 Alan Royle 4

     Olivia de Havilland                              with Errol Flynn in The Adventures of Robin Hood While making The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938), Errol Flynn told his co-star Olivia de Havilland that his marriage to Lili Damita was […]

SNIPPETS – PT1.

November 15, 2017 Alan Royle 0

                             Annette Kellerman                                        and naked in Daughter of the Gods (1916) When Australian swimming star Annette Kellerman appeared naked in the […]

Darwin Porter – Believe him or not? PT 3

October 28, 2017 Alan Royle 4

The third and final segment regarding ‘Katharine the Great’, the controversial Darwin Porter biography of Katherine Hepburn. Eleanor Roosevelt *Eleanor Roosevelt had a heavy crush on Kate although it was not reciprocated. In the early 1940s the First Lady wrote her many passionate letters, but it was a one-way love […]

What happened to Glenn Miller?

August 25, 2017 Alan Royle 6

  Major Glenn Miller 1944 Bernie Woods was the Music Editor of Variety during the Big Band Era. In that capacity he got to know all the bandleaders, singers and musicians. His 1994 memoir titled ‘When the Music Stopped’ pulls no punches when he discusses individuals, and he had little […]